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How Dangerous Is A Mount Everest Sherpa's Job?

How Dangerous Is A Mount Everest Sherpa's Job?

Officials are calling Friday's avalanche on Mount Everest the deadliest day on the mountain in history. At least 12 Sherpa guides were killed.

According to Al Jazeera, investigators say the Sherpa guides were up on the mountain fixing ropes for climbers who were down at base camp when snow and ice started barreling down Mount Everest.

And with at least a dozen of those guides now confirmed dead, several news outlets are taking a look at how dangerous the job of a Sherpa is.

The New York Times notes many Sherpas, who come from rural areas in Nepal, take on the dangerous job since it's one of their few chances to make good money. The paper translated an interview that a Sherpa did with the Nepal National Mountain Guide Association.

"Our job is to make a good scale for the clients, to make this comfortable. We have to do that. ... Normally [in] our culture ... we say, 'The client is our god.'"

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fdclax April 19 2014 at 5:55 PM

Sir Edmund Hillary is a New Zealander

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junebug470 April 19 2014 at 6:19 PM

My understanding after living with families in Nepal each of the past 5 years is that Sherpa are very proud and well paid compared to many others. Nepalese are not simple minded as one commented. They are among the most intellegent and fit humans on the planet many elite athletes. They are very caring and welcome all foreigners. One does not feel as though it is simply for our dollar but rather to better understand us and establish cultural exchange.

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falling rain April 19 2014 at 6:39 PM


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JC April 19 2014 at 8:24 PM

I see that the usual suspects are using this tragedy to display their racism and their vile hatred for anyone who has even one more dollar than they do. Condolences to the families of the dead. Now let the hate mail begin!

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Kenny April 19 2014 at 12:56 PM

who are these officals........idiots it sounds like it..............Mount Everest is as dangerous as it gets...

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you sexy beast Kenny April 19 2014 at 4:30 PM

Nope. K2 is. It is the 2nd highest mountain in the world, and it actually requires technical climbing skill. Everest is basically a walk up a mountain (albeit a walk without being able to breath.)

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streamstalker4 you sexy beast April 20 2014 at 9:06 AM

Depends which route you take.

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tm2018 April 19 2014 at 12:53 PM

Are or were the Sherpas the first to climb Everast, and the white man then claimed the fame

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navretrd5 April 19 2014 at 12:30 PM


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pmrspnj2 April 20 2014 at 3:54 AM

this a great tragedy for the sherpa community. It is a wake up call for all climbers.
the mountain is not a theme park !
the mountain is a killer. it can and does kill climbers routinely.
above a certain altitude the name "death zone" is applied.
to climb everest you must know that you are close to death every second you are on the mountain.
anybody who does not know this when they approach the mountain LIVES IN A DELUSION.
the sherpas know this and take the risk so their families can eat this year.

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dsainsbury April 19 2014 at 10:28 AM

The Sherpa guides are wonderful, you have to get out on the mountain with them to fully appreciate their abilities. A tragedy that so many died in this avalanche.

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Helen April 19 2014 at 12:52 PM

Sherpas risk their lives so that rich white men (average climber) can climb Mt. Everest for some reason or another. Personally I think this mountain should be left alone. The amount of debris, trash and unfound dead bodies is ridiculous.

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